Starting to think that surgery is most likely going to be an option sooner rather than later. As previously posted I have had 2 microdiscectomies on my L5/S1 disc. I have renherniated the disc once again based on my MRI without contrast and my symptoms. My neurosurgeon put me on Decadron that worked wonders, but now has since worn off. I am having a repeat MRI this coming Tuesday with the contrast and I start acupuncture this coming Wed. If I do go into surgery again, my surgeon said it would have to be a fusion since this will be my third herniation. Scared and frustrated. The pain was so bad this morning when I woke up, I just wanted to cry. I can't cough, sneeze, or pass gas even without excruciating pain. I feel like I'm 80 years old not 37. I'm not taking anything for pain other than 800mg of Ibuprofen as needed. Frustrated and just wanting to vent to those that understand. Prior to this I was an active 37 year old female running 4-6 miles 4 days a week. Now I can hardly stand to do dishes.
Microdiscectomy L5/S1 2010
Revision microdiscectomy after reherniation L5/S1 2014